When Winning Was Everything: Alabama Football Players in World War II

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The personal war stories of many of the Crimson Tide football players who participated in the Good War are told in When Winning Was Everything, a tribute to all the players who earned our enduring admiration not only on the football field but also in wartime.

More than three hundred former University of Alabama football players and coaches saw military duty during World War II, and many of them played heroic leading roles in the bitter fight against Axis aggression. Their ...

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Overview


The personal war stories of many of the Crimson Tide football players who participated in the Good War are told in When Winning Was Everything, a tribute to all the players who earned our enduring admiration not only on the football field but also in wartime.

More than three hundred former University of Alabama football players and coaches saw military duty during World War II, and many of them played heroic leading roles in the bitter fight against Axis aggression. Their stories are given compelling life by Delbert Reed in When Winning Was Everything: Alabama Football Players in World War II.

Alabama football players, like millions of other young men in America, rushed to join the fight soon after the Japanese bombed the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Six Crimson Tide players joined the Marines at halftime during one Alabama football game. Two others—Paul “Bear” Bryant and George Zivich—literally pushed their way to the front of the line to join up.

Former University of Alabama football players served on every front and in almost every major battle of World War II. They were privates and colonels, pilots and foot soldiers. They served on submarines andcarriers, flew bombers and led pack mules through thick Asian jungles. They were frontline Marines and training instructors and everything in between. They helped make up America’s fighting team in wartime, and, as Delbert Reed shows, their victory was far greater than any Rose Bowl win.

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"They came up during the Depression. They had a hard early life, but they were achievers--true Americans--symbols of what this country is. They lived it in words and deeds."--Bob Rast, son of All-America end Holt Rast

"The fighting was bitter and it was bloody."--Cary Cox, All-America center and Silver Star and Bronze Star medalist

"I was 19 years old; I didn't know what fear was."--Emmett Dendy, B-24 bomber turret gunner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615386058
  • Publisher: Paul W. Bryant Museum
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,400,067
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Delbert Reed, writer-in-residence at the Paul W. Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama for more than three years, is an award-winning journalist and author of Paul "Bear" Bryant: What Made Him a Winner.
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